The Counties Manukau independent KiwiSport Advisory Group is delighted to announce the first round of its 2017/18 KiwiSport funding round, with over $409,000 offered to clubs, schools and sporting organisations across Counties Manukau from the KiwiSport Local and Fast Funds.

Independent Chair of the Group and Papakura lawyer Sue Styants says the process has been rigorous and rewarding.

“We were impressed with the calibre of the many and varied applications, and all were given due and thorough consideration by the Advisory Group; the members of which gave much valuable time and expertise to this process,” says Mrs Styants.

“The Advisory Group is very enthused by applicants’ efforts and enterprise, and we look forward to seeing the results of their various initiatives. The funding of such initiatives by KiwiSport benefits thousands of children, delivering a great outcome for sports, schools and community organisations in Counties Manukau.”

In this round of funding, the Advisory Group received 22 applications. Successful applicants will communicate goals for their respective projects to the Advisory Group given the investment of public funds.

The KiwiSport Local Fund is a contestable fund distributed to support regional and/or national sporting organisations for projects/initiatives that can provide new or increased organised sport opportunities for children aged 5 to 18 years.

Under the Counties Manukau KiwiSport Local Fund, this round of funding saw $401,680.00 offered to AFL NZ, Auckland Basketball Services Limited, Auckland Rugby Union, Counties Manukau Rugby League, Counties Manukau Rugby Union, Counties Manukau Sport Foundation & Mangere-Otahuhu Principals Association, Counties Manukau Sport Foundation & Manurewa Principals Association, Counties Manukau Sport Foundation & Papakura Principals Association, and Manukau City Association Football Club.

Additionally, Counties Manukau KiwiSport Fast Fund allocation of $15,799 have been made to Clevedon Tennis, American Football NZ, Tennis Auckland, Anchorage School, Opaheke School and Gymnastics NZ. This fund is for new, innovative, pilot projects that cost no more than $5,000 and are delivered within one year.

Mrs Styants adds: “The focus of KiwiSport funding decisions is to identify projects and initiatives that provide new or increased opportunities of organised sport for children.”

The Counties Manukau independent KiwiSport Advisory Group includes representatives from a cross section of organisations, including a number of Counties Manukau locals: Martin Devoy, Auckland Council; Tapuvakai Vea, Healthy Families; Karla Matua, primary school delegate; Temepara George, College Sport; Jamie Archibald, Community Leisure Management (CLM); and Murray Lockwood, organised sport delegate, with Mrs Styants the Independent Chair of the Group.

KiwiSport is a government funding initiative to promote sport for school-aged children. It aims to increase the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport, build the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children, and support children to develop skills that enable them to participate confidently in sport.

Expressions of interest for the next Counties Manukau KiwiSport Local Fund round will open 28 February 2018 with full applications due 18 May 2018 (dates are subject to change). The Fast Fund is contestable on an ongoing basis until the funding is exhausted. Full details can be found here.